Watto player! Shane Watson's interesting trivia and records you must know

Updated: 18 June, 2020 11:28 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Shane Watson, who celebrated his birthday on June 17, is known as one of the finest all-rounders in the world. On the former Australian cricketer's birthday, we look at some of his many records and interesting trivia

Shane Watson
Shane Watson

Shane Watson, who celebrated his birthday on June 17, is known as one of the finest all-rounders in the world. Shane Watson turned 39 years on June 17, 2020. Watson has a huge bag of records to his name and it really is worth listing out! We take a look at his long list of records in cricket as well as some lesser-known facts about the former Oz international player.

  • Watson is the second player after Ricky Ponting to win two back-to-back Allan Border Medals (2010, 2011).
  • Shane Watson held the number one spot in T20I all-rounder rankings for a record 139 weeks.
  • Shane Watson is the only cricketer to be named Australian 'Player of the Year' in all three formats.
  • Shane Watson has the most consecutive fifties, most wickets and most sixes by an Australian cricketer.
  • Shane Watson is the only player to score a fifty and take three wickets in a T20I on three occasions.

Shane Watson

  • Shane Watson is the only player to score a hundred and take 4 wickets in an innings in all formats of the game.
  • Shane Watson is the only cricketer to win four consecutive man-of-the-match awards in ICC history.
  • Shane Watson is the only cricketer to win the man of the tournament in IPL twice.
  • Shane Watson is only Australian cricketer to play all six World T20s.

Shane Watson

  • Shane Watson has the highest ODI score by an Aussie cricketer.
  • He was Australia's highest-paid cricketer in 2014. He was also one of the highest-paid non-Indian cricketers.
  • In 2006 during the Champions Trophy, Watson had chest pain and was rushed to the hospital. Initially, he believed it was a heart attack but was later revealed to be gastritis.
  • Watson got married to Lee Furlong in 2010 and the couple has a son William and a daughter Matilda.

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    Shane Watson is a former Australian international cricketer who still plays in T20 leagues around the world.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "As parents, @leewatson and I have always tried to be really active outdoors with our kids so we are proud to #partner with @goldencircleau to encourage more Aussie families to spend quality time outside. For some fun ideas on how to #GetOutCampOut with your family this summer visit "

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    Shane Watson currently plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, for Quetta Gladiators in the PSL and also plays in Australia's Big Bash League.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "Don’t want this Long weekend to end. Nothing beats quality time with these three."

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    Shane Watson is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "Had an absolute blast today with the family at @seaworldaus. The highlight for the kids was @nickelodeon_au Land."

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    Shane Watson is known for his big-hitting and has come up with several match-winning performances over the years with the bat and ball for the Australian national team.

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    Shane Watson is an IPL veteran, having started off in the inaugural season in 2008 when he signed up for Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 1 crore. He won the IPL Man of the Series award that season and helped his team lift the title.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "Disco night with our little man!!!! #krbdisconight#gothemaroons"

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    In the 2014 IPL season, in a fresh round of IPL auctions, Shane Watson was retained by Rajasthan Royals for a massive Rs 12 crore, making him the highest-paid international cricketer then.

    Shane Watson shared this picture with his wife Lee Furlong from a holiday.

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    After Rajasthan Royals were suspended in 2016, Royal Challengers Bangalore bagged Shane Watson for Rs. 9 crore. 

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "Incredible day seeing the amazing sights of St Lucia with my gorgeous wife @leewatson24.#pitons#stunning"

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    In the 2018 IPL auctions, MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings purchased the services of Shane Watson.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "Happy 6th Anniversary to my incredible wife @leewatson24. Time certainly flies when you are having fun. Can't wait to get home to celebrate, but in the meantime Go RCB!!!"

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    Shane Watson has played a total of 134 matches in IPL scoring 3575 runs and taking 92 wickets.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "My family and I would like to thank everyone for their incredibly humbling and very kind messages. It has been very overwhelming!!! Can't wait for the game this afternoon.#goaussies#humbleandkind"

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    Shane Watson's IPL batting average is 31.08 with a top score of 117*. He has 4 centuries and 19 fifties in IPL.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "throwback to one of the best family holidays we’ve ever had in the Kakadu. Summertime in the great outdoors, what could be better. This summer we’re partnering with @goldencircleau for their #GetOutCampOut campaign, join in the fun and head to www.getoutcampout.com.au for your chance to win amazing camping prizes. #GCPartner"

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    Shane Watson's bowling average in IPL is 29.15. His best bowling figures are 4/29.

    Shane Watson posted this picture with Lee Watson and the kids taking a rickshaw ride and captioned, "When in India..."

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    Shane Watson retired from international cricket in 2016 and was the top all-rounder in T20Is then. 

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "We really enjoyed talking to @wentworth_courier and @jo.casamento about our Let's Activate kids clinics. Thank you for your kind words."

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    Shane Watson has played 59 Tests with 3,731 runs to his name at an average of 35.19. His highest score is 176 and he has 4 hundreds and 24 fifties.

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    Shane Watson has taken 75 wickets in Test cricket at a bowling average of 33.68. His best bowling figures are 6/33.

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    Watson played 190 ODIs in his career with 5,757 runs at an average of 40.54. His best score is 185* and he has 9 centuries and 33 fifties.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "Awesome night with @virat.kohli and @royalchallengersbangalore team mates at Virat's new restaurant Nueva. #beautifulfood#brilliantatmosphere#chilling#class"

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    Shane Watson took a total of 168 wickets in ODI cricket at a bowling average of 31.79. His best bowling figures are 4/36.

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    Shane Watson is lovingly called Watto by his close friends and teammates.

    Shane Watson posted this picture and captioned, "My best mate.... memories that will last a lifetime."

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    Watson has also played 137 first-class matches with 9,451 runs at an average of 42.57. He has 20 centuries and 54 fifties with a top score of 203*.

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    Shane Watson also took 210 wickets in first-class cricket with an average of 29.97. His best bowling figures are an impressive 7/69.

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    Shane Watson is the last cricketer to retire from Australia's golden era in the 2000s.

First Published: 18 June, 2020 11:04 IST

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